For one, the departments
did not set up a joint command center but operated
separate centers. Fire officials were on West
Street, while police were by City Hall, about a
There also have been hints, other sources said,
that the information relayed to police at street
level by their counterparts in helicopters was not
quickly passed along to fire officials.
Sources also said that there was poor
communication within the NYPD, with hundreds of
cops racing to the scene without their superiors'
The same held true for the Fire Department,
sources said, with firefighters racing there from
all parts of the city - as well as points north
and east of the city, such as Long Island -
without any direction.
Bernard Kerik, the police commissioner at the
time, could not be reached yesterday to comment.
Sources said the report was given to police
supervisors with the rank of deputy chief and
Sources said they had to file a confidentiality
clause prohibiting them from leaking the report or
its findings to the media. Police Commissioner
Raymond Kelly probably will release the report
next week, sources said.
McKinsey prepared a similar report for the Fire
Department. That report probably will be released
next month, with one source saying that it breaks
no new ground.
"People are going to be disappointed if
they're looking for big news in this," the
source said. "This is not so much a
backwards-looking document as a forward-looking
document. It talks about deployment and staging
areas and that sort of thing."
Sources said the reports strongly suggest a
better radio communication system that would allow
the two departments to communicate with each other
on the same system. On Sept. 11, cops and
firefighters used two different systems.
For both of its reports, McKinsey interviewed
dozens of police and fire commanders and reviewed
hundreds of pages of computer records and hours of
radio transmissions. Researchers also spoke with
military personnel and police and fire departments
from other cities.
Staff writer William Murphy contributed to this